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09/03/2003 23:53
Ray

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09/03/2003 23:53
Ray

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Referral Needed

Hi all,

I have only just found this forum and what a goldmine of information it is.

I have a case of DC/DD where my left little finger is curled up to about 40 degrees, a band formed through approx. 5 cm below that finger and another band begining to form in the palm below the long finger. Clearly this is going to descend into something much nastier.

My problem is how to find someone, here in Melbourne, with whom to consult. I am not comfortable with a referral via my G.P. which is more than likely a name simply extracted from a list in some book.

I have looked far and wide and cannot find any local surgeon on the net who is recognised in this area.

Is there a contibutor/s who might like to tell me of their own recommendations?

Thanks,

Ray.

03/07/2004 23:59
Susan Denyer

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03/07/2004 23:59
Susan Denyer

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Australian Surgeons

My father has just had surgery on his right hand.
His surgeon was Dr Anthony (Tony) Beard.
His consulting rooms are at North Shore Private Hospital in Sydney.
His rooms may be able to recommend a surgeon in Melbourne.
Any good "Hand Surgeon" should be able to help you.

05/08/2005 23:39
Peter Raymond

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05/08/2005 23:39
Peter Raymond

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Melbourne Hand Surgeon

G'day Ray,

I have, last week, had my left hand operated upon by Dr. Chris Coombs, to fix five contractures. Splint came off today. Looks OK. Some Physiotherapy now required to free up the ligaments as the wounds heal and the swelling subsides.

Operation was done at Linacre, during day surgery.

Dr. Coombs is at 883 Hampton Street, Brighton,
Tel No. 9591 0714

05/08/2005 23:02
Bob

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05/08/2005 23:02
Bob

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Hello Ray, from the USA

Ray,
I too stumbled upon this site a few months ago and thought it was a goldmine. As a result of information here I ended up having NA (needle aponeurotomy) to my curled finger. The procedure was performed in Florida by Dr. Eaton, was virtually painless, took 30 minutes, created no complications or long recuperative period, and allowed me to use my hand the next day. Oh yes, the curled finger was straight when I left the doctor's office! See Eaton's hand site for more info:http://www.handcenter.org/, and be sure to read many of the useful posts here in this forum.


I'm not aware of a doctor in Australia who performs NA. The nearest one to you I know of is the one in France. I hope someone will post information and prove me wrong. Good luck!

Bob

05/10/2005 23:01
anon

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05/10/2005 23:01
anon

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doctor

have a look at the "needle aponeurotomy in Australia" thread. The name of a doctor in Mornington is mentioned.

07/01/2005 23:08
Rosemary

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07/01/2005 23:08
Rosemary

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Needle Aponeurotomy needed in Melbourne Australia.

Does anyone know of a good hand surgeon in Melbourne, Australia? We are on the Mornington Peninsula.

07/03/2005 23:46
JOHN

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07/03/2005 23:46
JOHN

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DC &NA availability in OZ

Ray and others,
I have now had about five years of exciting experiences.
Two trips to Paris in 2002 and 2003. I now love the place and am dying to get back again. Fortunately I still have one finger to be treated. The two previous treatments with Dr Badois, who speaks good English, were successful. the treatment however, is not a cure, but wonderful as a way of getting full movement back for a couple of years at least, which is worth it. I have finally had one hand done with surgery, following a quite extensive broadening of the swelling on one finger; very annoying when holding something like a shovel! This surgery was successful and will probably not need doing again, ever. The other hand which has had one Paris treatment is needing a needle treatment again- not surgery yet. It will be worthwhile getting full movement back in that finger for a couple more years at least.
So, the Paris treatment is worthwhile and the full surgery, more so, but at the appropiate time.
The surgeon here, in Canberra also said he would do the apondvectomy, but with a scalpel, not a needle. He believes it to be a safer method than a needle (though nerve damage, I understand, is rare).
Hope this is helpful.

07/05/2005 23:21
Roy

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07/05/2005 23:21
Roy

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Hand Surgeon in Mornington

As posted in the previous thread mentioned, I have been treated by Dr Badois about 3 years ago, and have tried to raise interest in Melbourne for a surgeon to take up the call. My doctor was very interested, but was not insured for procedures, so did some searching for me.
Dr David Hunter-Smith in Mornington is sympathetic to the approach, and has now done about 12 hands just from first principles (including both mine). I am still trying to get him to go to Paris for training.
He is a skilled hand surgeon, but the process I went through was more traumatic than Paris, with swelling and stiffness, but still a straight finger without an operation.

he can be contacted here (you will need a referal if you want to claim on Medicare)
http://www.plasticsurgery.com.au/surgeons/d_huntersmith.shtml

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